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Red Bird of Paradise

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Male Red BOP was performing courtship dance to attract his female birds. Here are the photographs of Red Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea rubra ) that I watched when I went birding in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat. There are several places in the island which birders could visit to watch the birds. The ones that I know are Warafar, Mamdifu and Fish Lagoon forests in the eastern region of the island. There are also some birding sites in southern region of Waigeo, particularly Saporkren where the Red BOP could be seen. The best time to watch the birds is early in the morning at approximately  05.30 to 09.00. From my personal experience, morning time is not always the best time because most often the birding site is against the morning sunlight. I usually checked the birding site first before deciding whether it is good to watch in the morning or in the afternoon. If the bench for birdwatchers or birding platform is in the east or northeast of the tree, morning time is the best. If

Wilson's Bird of Paradise

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Male Wilson's Bird of Paradise Here is the picture of Wilson's Bird of Paradise ( Diphyllodes respublica ) that I saw when I went organized birdwatching tour for 2 Australian and 1 Chinese visitors in the southern region of Waigeo island - Raja Ampat archipelago. We had to wake up early in the morning at 04.00 to make preparations before leaving our guesthouse for the birding site by a small motorized boat. When we arrived at the beach, we still had to hike for one hour to reach the birding hut where visitors usually watched the bird. Unfortunately the weather was not so good. It was six o'clock morning time and it started to rain heavily. We had to wait for 12 hours just to see Wilson. Finally, we could hear his calls again and soon after that he landed on his playing ground at approximately 16.00. He cleaned the ground picking up dry leaves and twigs. He was there for approximately 30 minutes, long enough for us to take pictures of this beautiful bird. The female bi

Wisata Petualangan di Raja Ampat

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Raja Ampat adalah salah satu destinasi wisata bahari yang terkenal di seluruh dunia. Puluhan ribu wisatawan ke sana untuk berenang dan menyelam serta melihat keindahan panorama pulau-pulau tropis yang mencuat dari lautan biru. Petualangan di Raja Ampat Sebagai pemandu turis, saya sudah mengatur perjalanan wisata bagi banyak pelancong yang datang dari dalam dan luar negeri. Meskipun sebagian besar dari mereka mengambil paket wisata biasa seperti snorkeling dan kunjungan ke pasir timbul, Kri, Mansuar, Arborek, Teluk Kabui dan Pianemo, ada juga pengunjung yang meminta paket wisata yang berbeda. Naik Perahu Keliling Raja Ampat Untuk memenuhi permintaan yang seperti itu, saya menyediakan tur khusus ke lokasi-lokasi yang terpencil atau yang tidak berada di jalur kunjungan yang umum. Contohnya: Wisata Petualangan ke Hutan dan Pulau-pulau Kosong di bagian timur Raja Ampat. Selama mengikuti tur petualangan ini para pelancong bisa menikmati berenang di pulau-pulau kosong, berkemah di d

Wisata Pengamatan Burung di Hutan Papua

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Sebagai pemandu turis, saya telah mengatur banyak sekali perjalanan wisata ke hutan - hutan Papua Barat bagi para pelancong dalam dan luar negeri. Kami menjelajah hutan untuk melihat berbagai macam tumbuhan dan hewan. Daya tarik utama hutan Papua baik di dataran rendah maupun dataran tinggi adalah adanya beberapa spesies burung surga yang indah warnanya. Burung-burung ini biasanya aktif di pagi dan sore hari. Burung Cendrawasih Kuning Wisatawan dari manca negara umumnya menghabiskan waktu selama 3 sampai 4 hari untuk melihat Cendrawasih Kuning ( Lesser Birds of Paradise ), Cendrawasih Raja ( King Bird of Paradise ) serta Magnificent Riflebird. Di samping itu pula, ada juga burung-burung lain yang indah warnanya seperti Mina Emas ( Golden Myna ), Kakaktua Raja ( Palm Cockato o) serta burung Raja Udang Paruh Kuning. Wisatawan suka memotret burung dan satwa liar lainnya. Kamera yang sesuai untuk keperluan tersebut adalah kamera bridge dengan zoom sebesar 50 hingga 60 kali seperti N

Common Paradise Kingfisher

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Common Paradise Kingfisher Here is the photograph of Common Paradise Kingfisher that I saw in Susnguakti forest of Arfak range when I guided a Filipino lady for 3 days/ 2 nights on a hiking and birding tour in the area. Actually, we were not waiting for the Kingfisher. What we were waiting for was Lesser Birds of Paradise. We sat silently on the ground under some trees while listening to the calls of the paradise birds on the canopy of the forest. Suddenly, the Common Paradise Kingfisher landed on the branch of a tree just a few meters from me. I quickly aimed my Fujifilm HS50EXR at the bird and pressed the shutter button of my camera several times. Seconds later, the bird flew away again. Actually, I used to see the same bird several months earlier in the same place where I made good photographs of the Paradise Kingfisher. During the tour, we also saw Dwarf Cassowary, Hooded Butcherbird and the Lesser Birds of Paradise that we were waiting for. This Common Paradise Kingfisher can

Kingfishers

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There are a lot of species of Kingfishers in tropical rainforest of West Papua. I personally have seen many of them in lowland, lower montane forest and in the islands of Raja Ampat, Klasow valley of Sorong, Arfak mountains, Tambrauw mountains and Wondama regency. In lower montane forest of Arfak range, while I was waiting for the Lesser Birds of Paradise to show up in the branches of trees above myself, suddenly I saw a Common Paradise Kingfisher ( Tanysiptera galatea ) landed on a branch of a tree just a few meters away from me. He sat there for less than one minute and then flew away again. Fortunately, I was able to make some pictures of the bird. It was the second time I saw the bird in relatively the same place. Kingfishers of Klasow Valley Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher I also saw several species of Kingfishers in lowland forest of Sorong regency. Some of them include Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher ,  Azure Kingfisher , Forest Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburr

Outdoor Adventure Tour in Raja Ampat

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As a tourist guide, I often organize adventure tour for anyone who is interested in exploring the outdoor marine environment of Raja Ampat. The tour will include swimming, snorkeling and free-diving in some uninhabited islands where visitors can see the wealth of marine life of the archipelago. There are thousands of fish and marine creatures that we could see in the water while we enjoy snorkeling or free diving. Some of them include butterflyfish, spadefish, moorish idol, convict surgeonfish, damselfish, pink anemonefish, snappers, groupers, parrotfish, sweetlips and giant trevally and manta. Adventure Tour in Raja Ampat islands In addition to water sport activities, we will also go hiking in the forest to watch wild animals and tropical birds including the Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) and Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica). From my previous experience, we could also watch other birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Blyth's

My Bridge Birding Camera

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Lesser Birds of Paradise shot by Fujifilm HS50EXR Most professional photographers use D-SLR camera with telephoto lens to take pictures of birds. However, they are very expensive and heavy. I have used bridge cameras for birding since 2010. The quality of photographs, may not be the best, but is good enough for bird identification and picture sharing on my blog and social media. My first bridge camera was Nikon Coolpix P500. I used it when I traveled to a lot of regions not only in West Papua but also in Indonesia. Later, when the camera could not function properly anymore, I bought Nikon Coolpix P600. It was a nice camera but had a very short life. I did not make a lot of pictures of birds with the P600. Now, there are Nikon P900 and Nikon P1000 on the market but I haven't tested them yet. Grass flowers in Tambrauw Mountain My Current Birding Camera After using Nikon cameras for several years, I decided to buy a different camera from different brand. I bought a Fujifilm

Red Bird of Paradise

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Red Bird of Paradise I have organized birding tours in West Papua for several years now. Most of the visitors come to watch paradise birds. One of the most favorite destinations is Raja Ampat . There are two species that are known to science, i.e. Red Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea rubra ) and Wilson's Bird of Paradise ( Diphyllodes respublica ). There are a lot of places that we could go to watch the Red BOP. One of them is in the forest of Waigeo island. This year, I run several birding and snorkeling tours to Raja Ampat. To watch the birds, we have to wake up at 04.00 in the morning. We need to make some preparations such as preparing our clothing, hiking shoes, binoculars, camera and food. After having some tea and biscuits, we need to walk up slopes for approximately 45 minutes to reach the birding ground. Local villagers have built a birding platform made of wood. The raised wooden structure is 4 meters tall and is suitable for photographers who want to take pictures of

Outdoor Adventure Trips in Raja Ampat

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I organize Outdoor Adventure Trips for anyone who is interested in exploring uninhabited islands, coral reef environment and tropical rainforest of Raja Ampat. The duration of the tour is from 3 to 6 days. During the trip, visitor will be able to enjoy snorkeling over coral reef of the archipelago to see such colorful tropical fish as moorish idol, anemonefish, butterflyfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish and a lot more. Panoramic View of Raja Ampat islands For adventure in the forest, visitor will go hiking to watch paradise birds such as Wilson's Birds of Paradise ( Diphyllodes respublica ) and Red Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea minor ). There are also a lot of other birds and animal in the jungle of the archipelago. Some of them include Lowland Peltop, Eclectus Parrot, Rainbow Lorikeet, Beach Kingfisher, Olive-backed Sunbird, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, and Coconut Lorikeet. Raja Ampat is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. This regency has got hundreds of

Beach Kingfisher

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I was in Waisai town of Raja Ampat a few days ago for meeting with other local guides. During that trip I had a short birding walk in a small cape near the harbor. It was morning time and the activity of birds were quite high. Birds that I saw at that time were Willie Wagtail, Coconut Lorikeet, Moustached Treeswift, Singing Starling and Beach Kingfisher. I brought with me a pair of 10×42 mm Visionking roof prism binoculars, and my old bridge camera Fujifilm HS50EXR. Because I was watching birds from the second floor of a building, I could easily find birds that were perching on the surrounding trees. I could also see some singing starlings that were sitting on top of navigation lamp post that stood on the shallow water of the cape. After watching birds for approximately 30 minutes, I walked down the building and had a short walk to the side and backyard of the building. There was a gazebo on the shallow water right below the cape. It was connected to the cape by wooden bridge. I wal

Coconut Lorikeet in Waigeo Island of Raja Ampat

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This is Coconut Lorikeet ( Trichoglossus haematodus ) that I saw at a hill near the harbor of Waisai town in Raja Ampat. A government building about Geopark stood on it. I was there to participate in certification works for tourist guides. While waiting outside of the Geopark building with my other friends, I did some birding. I brought a point and shoot camera. It was a Fujifilm HS50EXR. I was trying to find a Beach Kingfisher that was calling from trees at the lower area of the hill.  Suddenly when I looked at the higher branch of the tree in front of me,  I saw this lorikeet walking down a branch. I quickly aimed my camera at the lorikeet and shot it. The Coconut Lorikeet fed on nectar of flowers in that tree. Actually there were a few lorikeets in other nearby trees but branches and leaves covered those birds. The bird was common in lowland and lower montane forest of New Guinea. Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) in Raja Ampat Shortly after taking picture of th

Slender-Billed Cuckoo Dove

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When I was guiding two Australian and one Chinese birders in Arfak mountains to watch Magnificent Bird of Paradise, I saw a bird landed on a tree near me. It was feeding on small yellow fruits some 10 meters above my head. I slowly moved under the branches and leaves and then carefully aimed my Fujifilm HS50EXR at the bird. There was a small window among the thick green leaves above my head where I could see the bird. Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove in Arfak Mountains I turned the lens of my camera to maximum zoom (1,000 mm) and pressed the shutter button to shoot the bird. This bird was called Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove also called Brown Cuckoo Dove. He turned his body on the same branch and sat for a while perhaps trying to find out what happened downed there. I thought the sounds of my camera had attracted his attention. Slender-billed Cuckoo Dove in Arfak range of Manokwari Again, I aimed my camera at the Cuckoo Dove and shot him several times. I was happy with the results. Bi

Yellow-billed Kingfisher

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This is the photograph of Yellow-Billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro) that lives in the forest of New Guinea especially in the lowland and lower montane forest. I often guide tourists on riverwalk birding expedition in Manokwari regency for visitors who want to watch such birds as Blyth's hornbill, Dollarbird, Willie Wagtail, Little Egret, Yellow Faced Myna, Large Tailed Nightjar, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo and even the Black-capped Pygmy Parrot. Yellow-billed Kingfisher The duration of the tour is 3 to 4 days. Because there is no guest house in the forest, we will provide dome tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils as well as spotting scope and binoculars for visitors. Booking Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180. King Bird of Paradise Lesser Birds of Paradise Camping and Watching Wild Animals in Arfak mountains

Birding and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

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Hooded Butcherbird I guided 3 visitors from Cina and Australia in Raja Ampat last week. We stayed in southern region of Waigeo island enjoying hiking, birding, swimming and snorkeling. During our jungle tour in the island, we were able to see Wilson's Bird of Paradise, Red Bird of Paradise, Eclectus Parrot, Great Cuckoo Dove, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Moustached Treeswift, Willie Wagtail, Torresian Crow, and various species of birds. I brought my old camera Fujifilm HS50EXR. It was powerful enough to take pictures of birds even in distant trees. When we went hiking to the hill behind the homestay which we stayed, I was able to take pictures of the Red Bird of Paradise. Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra) It was a nice journey for my guests because they could complete their birding tour in a tropical island whose waters are clear and whose coral reef and beach are very beautiful. Besides hiking and birding, we also enjoyed swimming, and snorkeling to see beautiful tropical

Birding Tour to Raja Ampat

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Red Bird of Paradise I offer birding tour to Raja Ampat for visitors who want to watch such birds as Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica), Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra), Radjah Shelduck, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Black-capped Lory, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Olive-backed Sunbird, Pacific Swallow, Beach Kingfisher, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Frigatebird, Singing Starling and Crested Tern and a lot more. The duration of this birding tour can be as short as three days or as long as one full week. It can also be combined with swimming and snorkeling activities in the front waters of the guesthouse where we stay or even in an uninhabited island that we visit. Brown Cuckoo Dove in Raja Ampat If you are interested in taking a birding tour in Raja Ampat and want me to be your private guide, please, contact me by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Blyth's Hornbill

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These are the pictures of Blyth's hornbill birds that I saw in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari when I was guiding a French tourist. The birds were very common in the Lowland Forest. I spent four days/ three nights hiking, birdwatching, camping and interacting with local people in the area. Blyth's Hornbill in Mesirrokow Forest of Manokwari I made the pictures of these birds using Fujifilm HS50EXR. With its 1/2 inch EXR CMOS sensor, and Fujinon 42× optical lens (equivalent with 24 mm to 1000 mm) on a 35 mm format, the camera was powerful enough to shoot birds and other wild animals in distant trees. Fujifilm stopped the production of the camera a few years ago and has not launched an update version of this wonderful photographic device. Similar cameras with higher optical zoom are now available on the market but in general the size of their sensor is smaller than the Fujifilm HS50EXR. The famous bridge cameras which readers can buy now are the Nikon Coolpix P1000, Nikon C

Palm Cockatoo from Tambrauw Mountains

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Palm Cockatoo in Tambrauw Regency This is the photograph of Palm Cockatoo ( Probosciger aterrimus ) that was made by Wim Boyden, a Belgian visitor in Tambrauw Mountains. The bird has got black feather with red cheek. In West Papua and other parts of eastern Indonesia, the bird is called Kakatua Raja (meaning King Cockatoo). The bird eats tropical fruits and is considered as an important seed disperser for New Guinea rainforest. Based on my personal observations of guiding tourists in Tambrauw regency since 2010, there are a lot of other birds that can be seen including Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, New Guinea Vulturine Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Black-capped Lory, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Sacred Kingfisher, Hooded Pitta, Blyth's Hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and etc. The recommended destination for birdwatching is Fef town which is the capital of Tambrauw itself. Visitors should travel in a group o

Birding in West Papua

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Here is the picture of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that I saw while I was guiding Gauri, a lady from India on a 2-week nature tour, snorkeling, and birding trip in Raja Ampat, Sorong regency, and the Arfak mountains. We visited remote uninhabited islands, villages and walked through empty road in the jungle to find tropical birds, butterflies, cuscus possum and wild flowers. We also enjoyed swimming and snorkeling at secluded white sandy beaches of Raja Ampat to see its coral reef and colorful fish. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Waigeo island While in Raja Ampat, we did not go to places that had been frequently visited by tourists such as southern area of Waigeo, Kri, Gam, Mansuar and Arborek islands. Instead, we went to eastern region of Waigeo. We went to Sopen village and explored its nearby islands, i.e. Waim and Mamiaef. We also did rainforest tour through a river in the north of the village and then continued our trip southward to Yen-Papir Karst. Here, went hiking to the top of

Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

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Yellow Capped Pygmy Parrot There is a nice birding site in northwest region of Manokwari. Its name is Mesirrokow. It is located deep in the forest. To reach it, visitors need to go there by car, and then continue their trip on foot through the forest and through the river. Various species of birds can be seen along the banks of the river such as Blyth's Hornbill ( Rhyticeros plicatus ), Magnificent Riflebird ( Ptiloris magnificus ), Glossy Manucode ( Manucodia ater ), Little-Ringed Plover ( Charadrius dubius ), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo ( Cacatua galerita ) and a lot more. There is no guesthouse in the jungle, so, our accommodation will be portable dome tents. Cooking and eating utensils are provided. Birding in the forest along the Mesirrokow river is easy because the open space is very wide. A good pair of binoculars and a spotting scope will enhance the birding experience. Hiking and Birding in Mesirrokow forest In addition to birding, visitors can enjoy swimming

Watching Birds in Tambrauw Mountains

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American birdwatchers in Tambrauw  Here is the picture of American tourists and local people in the forest of Tambrauw regency who were watching nocturnal birds.  male Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) in tropical rainforest of Tambrauw mountains. The bird can be found in lowland and lower montane forest. Visitors who want to go there can also see other birds such as Black Capped Lory, Forest Kingfisher, Egret, Variable Goshawk, King Bird of Paradise, Golden Myna, and a lot of species of birds that live in lower to upper montane forest areas of the regencies. Ayapokiar village, Ases valley and Mount Sakofsiah are important sites in Tambrauw Mountains which tourists can visit to watch birds and other wild animals as well as see interesting tropical plants. As a tour guide, I can organize a birding trip for visitors who want to see rainforest environment and enjoy birding. I can guide single traveler and also groups of visitors. Because the cost of a chartered 4wd car is

Birding Trip to Tambrauw Mountains

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Moustached Treeswift in Aibogiar ridge of Tambrauw Mountains This is the picture of Moustached Treeswift ( Hemiprocne   mystacea ) that I see in Aibogiar ridge of Tambrauw Mountains. I visited that region to watch birds and explore the tropical rainforest that covers most of its slopes, ravines and valleys. I also saw Lesser Birds of Paradise ( Paradisaea   minor ), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, New Guinea Vulturine Parrot and a lot of other birds that make the forest of Tambrauw as its habitat. Tambrauw regency is located between Sorong and Manokwari. It has got the potentials to be developed as a highly recommended destination for birdwatchers. How to get there? Tambrauw Mountains If you want to enjoy hiking and birding in Tambrauw Mountains, here is the routes that you can take to reach the region. First, fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia) After that, take a domestic flight to Sorong city. I could meet you at the airport and organize your birdi

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

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This is the picture of Great Cuckoo Dove ( Reinwardtoena reinwardti ) that was made by a Belgian tourist in the forest of Tambrauw Mountains. There are a lot of beautiful birds which visitors can see while traveling to the regency. Birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise ( Paradisaea minor ), King Bird of Paradise ( Cicinnurus regius ) and Magnificent Bird of Paradise ( Diphylodes magnificus ) can be found in region. As a guide, I could organize tour to the regency for visitors who are interested in seeing rainforest environment. Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Rainforest Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

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Tambrauw Mountains Tambrauw is a mountain range that is located in the vogelkop region of West Papua. It is covered by tropical rainforest. I visited the mountain a few days ago to see the biodiversity of the forest environment. The tropical rainforest that covers the mountains and valleys of this regency is the natural habitat of a lot mammals, reptiles, marsupials, and insects. There are unique tropical trees, shrubs and lianas that visitors can see while walking through the dense forest of Tambrauw. Birds such as Magnificent Riflebird ( Ptiloris magnificus ), Magnificent Bird of Paradise ( Diphyllodes magnificus ), Lesser Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea minor ), King Bird of Paradise ( Cicinnurus regius ), New Guinea Vulturine Parrot can be found in Tambrauw regency. Cuscus possum, deer, wild pigs, soa-soa monitor lizard, and a lot of species of insects also make the mountains as their natural habitat. While I was traveling in the mountains I saw plants such as sago, bamboo, a